Paul subscribes to this Creation Care Magazine and in the most recent edition, it listed these practical ideas for caring for God's earth. With the start of the new year, it's a great time to toss out wasteful habits and begin to live a more God-centered and satisfying life.
1. Observe the Sabbath- enjoy time with family, friends, and God. Head out to church and then take a nap (at home, that is - not at church.) "Be still and know that I am God." No shopping or driving elsewhere - it'll save lots of money on gas and such, plus restore your focus on God.
2. Keep your thermostat at 68/70 and pile on the blankets. Open curtains on sunny days. Close them at night to retain heat.
3. Carpool, walk, ride your bike, take public transportation at least once a week.
4. Put off one non emergency purchase for a month, then see if you still "need" it.
5. Turn down the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees.
6. For gifts this year, give relationally or give things like fluorescent bulbs, fabric bags, or natural cleaning products.
7. Cook at least one meatless meal each week - or one more than you do now. Eat at home one more meal than you usually do. Go on a fast food fast - no McD's, Wendy's, Burger King for a week - or maybe a month.
8. Go on a TV fast - no commercial TV for a week or month. Pray on the commute home instead of listening to the radio or get a book on tape that will renew your faith life.
9. Clean out your clothes closet and give away anything you did not wear in the last year.
10. Spend at least 5 min a day outside, giving thanks to God for the beauty of His creation.